Gangs Of America—Central America, That Is

First Lady

Laura Bush
is leading a

new initiative
"to help America`s youth overcome
the danger of gang influence and involvement."
With
all due respect to the First Lady, this is a job best
left to law enforcement professionals willing to get
tough, get dirty, and crack heads. From the suburbs to
our national forests,

savage criminal alien gangs
are infiltrating America
and luring young recruits.

Compassionate conservatism ain`t
gonna stop them.

As many law enforcement sources
have been informing me, native gangs such as the

Bloods and Crips
have nothing on the recent wave of
criminal alien enterprises settling across the
heartland. Recent enforcement action in New York
demonstrates the scope of the problem. Last month in New
York, 41 criminal aliens with felony convictions were
arrested by immigration and customs enforcement (ICE)
agents on a single day as part of a joint public safety
initiative between ICE and the U.S. Probation Office of
the Eastern District of New York.

According to the Department of
Homeland Security, the aliens arrested in New York—half
of whom were here illegally—include citizens of

Afghanistan
,

Bangladesh
,

Brazil
,

China
,

Colombia,
the

Dominican Republic
,

Ecuador
,

Egypt
,

Ghana
,

Haiti
,

Italy
,

Jamaica
,

Jordan
,

Mexico
,

Niger
,

Nigeria
,

Pakistan
,

Russia
,

Trinidad
,

Turkey
,

Ukraine
and

Venezuela
. The operation targeted criminal aliens
with prior felony convictions for


"murder, firearms trafficking, drug trafficking, money
laundering, racketeering, fraud, false statements,
receipt of stolen property, producing

false identity documents
, copyright infringement and
other federal felonies."

Martin D. Ficke, ICE Special
Agent-in-Charge in New York, vowed: "These are the
criminals who turn the American dream into a nightmare,
and they will not be given the chance to cause more
harm."
[ICE
Agents Arrest New York Criminal Aliens
, February
2, 2005]

A nationwide tracking system for

criminal alien
felons would help this effort, but to
date no such program exists.

In

Chicago
, ICE agents and local cops specializing in
gang-related activity undertook a similar operation
across Chicago`s western suburbs targeting

foreign-born members
of violent Hispanic street
gangs. A two-day campaign netted 19 criminal alien
gangsters—mostly Mexican nationals with extensive
criminal histories, including convictions for drugs,
aggravated assault, firearms and theft. Over the past
five years, ICE agents on Chicago`s Violent Gang Task
Force have arrested more than 375 known gang members.

The most notorious criminal alien
gang enterprise on the American landscape is

Mara Salvatrucha,
or MS-13, the

El Salvadoran-based syndicate
engaged in murder,
drug trafficking, and human smuggling across Central
America and the United States. MS-13 members, many of
them

juveniles
, have been implicated in

gang rapes
,

machete mutilations
, and

cop killings
on both coasts. According to Siskiyou
County Sheriff

Rick Riggins,
MS-13 paraphernalia and weaponry have
been discovered deep on federal forest land in northern
California, where Latino gangs have established massive

marijuana-growing
operations.

Most recently, Ebner Anibal Rivera
Paz, the reputed leader of MS-13`s Honduran branch, was

nabbed in Texas last month
after escaping from his

native country
, where he`s wanted in connection with
the

Christmas holiday massacre
of 28 people, including
six children.

Rivera Paz`s appalling immigration
history is a textbook example of how criminal alien
gangs exploit our open borders. Prior to being caught on
Feb. 10—by Texas highway patrol officers 100 miles
inside the U.S.—Rivera Paz had waltzed in and out of the
country illegally numerous times despite a long rap
sheet and

repeated deportations.

In 1993, at the age of 17, Rivera
Paz was arrested by San Francisco police for selling
drugs. Weeks later, he was arrested for auto theft and
then for assault with a deadly weapon. According to the
Border Patrol, he has been arrested in California at
least

eight times since 2001
for crimes ranging from
passing bad checks and using

false identification
to burglary,

robbery
, and criminal conspiracy.

According to a criminal complaint
filed last month in federal court, Rivera Paz was
deported or excluded from the U.S. four separate times
before his final capture. If not for alert Texas highway
patrolmen willing to help enforce immigration law,
Rivera Paz would be home free again.

The revolving door for

illegal alien gangsters
keeps spinning. The solution
lies with increased federal-local cooperation,
aggressive deportation, and uncompromising immigration
enforcement—not with warm-and-fuzzy photo ops at the
First Lady`s breakfast table.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.
Click

here
for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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